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UPDATED: 07:48, September 28, 2006
Indonesia sends team to verify Farouq s body in Iraq
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The Indonesian government has sent a special team to verify the body of terror suspect Omar Farouq who died on Monday in Iraq, a Foreign Ministry official said here on Wednesday.

"The Indonesian government is 99 percent sure it is really Farouq's body but there is still nothing in black-and-white to support this belief," said the ministry's secretary general, Imron Cottan.

"The team is now on its way to Iraq. Let's wait for the results of their verification," Antara news agency quoted Imron as saying.

On Tuesday, the ministry ordered the Indonesian embassy in Jordan to collect detailed information on Farouq's death as Indonesia no longer had an embassy in Iraq.

Separately, on Wednesday, Indonesian Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Syamsir Siregar confirmed that British troops had killed the senior Al-Qaeda operative during a major raid in the port of Basra in southern Iraq on Monday.

"It is true (the body belongs to Farouq). We have already checked with our counterpart," he said.

Farouq was arrested by Indonesian intelligence and security personnel in Jakarta's southern outskirts of Bogor on July 5, 2002. To the surprise of most Indonesians, Farouq was later handed over to U.S. authorities for unclear reasons.

Farouq escaped from a tightly-guarded prison in Baghram, Afghanistan, in July 2005. The escape became known to the public only three months later, making his case a mystery.

Source: Xinhua

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